Guest Mentoring with Penny Tompkins and James Lawley

Join Penny Tompkins and James Lawley in this live interactive group exploration of

  • Decision making funnel in asking questions,
  • What is informing the coach in asking each question?,
  • What is the coaches purpose in asking each question?

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About Penny Tompkins and James Lawley

Penny Tompkins & James LawleyPenny Tompkins and James Lawley are leading authorities on the use of self-generated metaphor for personal and professional development. They are the developers of Symbolic Modelling using the Clean Language of David Grove. Their book, Metaphors in Mind, is a comprehensive guide to their approach, and is supported by a training DVD, A Strange and Strong Sensation. They have written over a hundred articles which are freely available on their website:

Penny was joint Managing Director of a company manufacturing oil field equipment for 18 years. In that time, the company grew to 400 employees with sales offices in the Middle and Far East. James worked as a senior manager in the computer industry, managing $100 million projects, before becoming an independent consultant.

They started coaching in businesses in 1994 and have trained their methodology on open courses, to internal coaches and run Manager as Coach programmes throughout the world. For several years, Penny provided coaching to support the development of senior female executives in one of Fortune’s Global 250 companies. Having supervised coaches from the Institute of Directors, Ashridge Management College and University of Surrey Business School, Penny and James have recently been appointed honorary members of the Association Of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS).

In parallel to their coaching, Penny and James are psychotherapists and have maintained registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) since 1993 and been NLPtCA Supervisors since 1995.

Their work has seen them receive an INLPTA award for a “significant contribution to the expansion of NLP” and honorary life-time membership of The Canadian Association of NLP (CANLP) “in recognition of their valuable contribution to the field of NLP”.

They have been consultants to a wide range of organisations and companies as diverse as the Yale University’s Child Study Center, the NASA Goddard Space Center in Washington DC, and the Findhorn Spiritual Community in Scotland.

Recently they have acted as independent research consultants. They are currently supporting several PhD students and James is co-author of a major academic paper ‘Eliciting Metaphor through Clean Language: an Innovation in Qualitative Research Methodology’ about to be published in the prestigious British Journal of Management.